Teachers, staff, recognized for service milestones

The Liberty Central School District recently recognized teachers and staff who have reached service milestones, including  members of the LCSD who have been here for three and even four decades.

Recipients were given commemorative pins noting their years of service and commitment to Liberty’s students:

5 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • STEFANIE BENJAMIN
  • YVONNE CUNNINGHAM
  • LEVAR HAMILTON
  • JACKIE HARRIS
  • TRAVIS JOHNSON
  • KRISTI KERN
  • CARRIE LAJOIE
  • CAMILLE NELSON
  • DAWN SCHWARZENEGGER

Middle School

  • KATLYN DEMAYO
  • JODI LOCASCIO
  • TONI WILLIAMS

High School

  • KELLI ARPINO
  • CELIA OSET

10 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • AEOWYN BRUST
  • MARIA CRISOSTOMO

Middle School

  • CATHERINE BLOAT
  • FAWN CARD
  • EMILY MCCONNELL
  • BETHANIE QUATRALE KWAT-RALLY

District Office

  • TANIA DEFRANK

15 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • ALISON BURNS
  • CHRISTY GREEN
  • ALICIA HOUGHTALING
  • ELIZABETH SANOK

Middle School

  • TIM HULSE
  • KATHERINE ROSADO

High School

  • ERIN ALVORD
  • AMY DWORETSKY

20 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • LIZ ABRAMS
  • ASHLEY BURY
  • TRACY KLINE
  • KATHLEEN MCCANN-SMITH
  • LINDA MCCROHAN
  • CHRISTINE WISEMAN

Middle School

  • BARBARA BESETH
  • KIM HEINLE
  • KERRI SAWYER
  • KAREN SKELLY

High School

  • MAUREEN CRESCITELLI
  • ERNIE FEASEL
  • SHANNON KIP
  • KAREN JONES
  • DAVE SLATER

25 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • ADELA VARGAS

Middle School

  • ANNE RAMOS

High School

  • CINDY NOLAN

30 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • BONNIE TUTTLE

Middle School

  • JILL BUDAY

Special Mention

  • PATTI GREEN: 31 Years
  • TIM HAMBLIN: 31 Years
  • SHANNON STEIN: 31 years
  • MICHAEL HAZELNIS: 32 Years
  • JODE LIEBERMAN: 32 Years
  • SHARI DiSANTO: 33 years
  • GENE MADSEN: 34 years
  • LEANNE MANGABANG: 37 years
  • JILL DUNNIGAN: 41 years
  • DOTTIE DAVIDSON: 46 years

Run, Hide, Fight Presentations continue at LHS

Click here for Letter to Parents (English) Carta a los padres (en Espanol)

The Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.

The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department.

Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

“In August 2018, the district welcomed a second full-time school resource officer,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “Now we’re taking a major next step forward in school safety.” We currently have three full time school resource officers (SROs), stationed at each school building in the 2019-2020 school year.

“Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation,” School Resource Officer and Village of Liberty Police Officer Devin Brust said. “Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to.”

The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature, according to Brust. “No one can accurately predict how one should or will act under these circumstances,” he said. “What we’re aiming to do is empower staff and students to have the confidence and knowledge to respond appropriately if something happens.”

The district began sharing the “Run, Hide, Fight” presentations at Liberty High School in November 2018 with the help of our two school resource officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake. We will continue the informational presentations during the 2019-2020 school year at the High School once again starting in October 2019.

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact the building Principal of your child’s school. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.


September 30, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope this letter finds you well. We’ve had an academically and culturally prosperous month here at Liberty High School. As always, our District Safety Committee and Building Safety Committee continue to strengthen and improve upon our safety procedures. Their careful analysis along with feedback from students has led us to using a training protocol called Run, Hide, Fight.   

Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department. Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

The Run, Hide, Fight protocol originates and is a copyright of the City of Houston made in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Our School Resource Officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake, will be assisting in coordinating and leading the presentations and trainings. According to Officer Brust, who has been trained in the protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation. Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to. The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature.”

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact me. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.

All the Best,

Derek Adams, Principal


30 de Septiembre de 2019

Estimados Padres / Tutores y Estudiantes:

Espero que esta carta les encuentre bien. Hemos tenido un mes académico y culturalmente próspero aquí en Liberty High School. Como siempre, nuestro Comité de Seguridad del Distrito y el Comité de Seguridad del Edificio continúan fortaleciendo y mejorando nuestros procedimientos de seguridad. Su cuidadoso análisis junto con los comentarios de los estudiantes nos ha llevado a usar un protocolo de entrenamiento llamado Run, Hide, Fight ( Correr, esconderse, luchar).

El Distrito Escolar Central de Liberty, continuará las presentaciones de tiradores activos Run, Hide, Fight con los estudiantes y el personal de la escuela secundaria. Las presentaciones son en respuesta a los comentarios después de los tiroteos escolares en todo el país. Las presentaciones incorporarán el modelo Run, Hide, Fight y se implementarán a través de una asociación del sistema escolar y el Departamento de Policía del Pueblo de Liberty. Hace dos años, el distrito escolar, la policía local y los funcionarios del condado organizaron un foro sobre seguridad escolar para escuchar las preocupaciones de los estudiantes, quienes dijeron que se necesitaba más capacitación.

El protocolo Run, Hide, Fight se origina y es un derecho de autor de la Ciudad de Houston realizado en asociación con el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional.

Nuestros oficiales de recursos escolares, el oficial Brust y el oficial Lake, ayudarán a coordinar y dirigir las presentaciones y capacitaciones. Según el oficial Brust, que ha sido entrenado en el protocolo, “Correr, esconderse, luchar  es una forma de recordar qué hacer en una situación activa de tiro. Las agencias de aplicación de la ley recomiendan escapar si puedes, esconderte si no puedes y luchar solo si es necesario. El concepto de correr, esconderse, luchar es a proposito general en la naturaleza “.

Las presentaciones de Run, Hide, Fight son solo una parte de las lecciones de asalto y seguridad del Distrito. En Febrero y Marzo de 2019, los maestros y el personal del Distrito Escolar de Liberty se familiarizaron con Stop the Bleed (Parar sangramiento), un protocolo de primeros auxilios que alienta a los transeúntes a capacitarse, equiparse y capacitarse para ayudar en una emergencia hemorrágica antes de que llegue la ayuda profesional.

Para obtener información sobre la respuesta de preparación Correr, Esconderse, Luchar, contáctame. Las consultas generales sobre las iniciativas de seguridad del Distrito pueden dirigirse al Decano de la Escuela Primaria de Liberty y al Director del Comité de Seguridad del Distrito Nathaniel Zacek al (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 o NZacek@libertyk12.org.

Cordialmente, 

Derek Adams, Principal

Anticipated Elementary School Social Worker

POSITION AVAILABLE: Anticipated Elementary School Social Worker

HOURS: Full Time

LOCATION: Liberty Elementary School, Main St., Liberty

Additional Info: Willing to be trained in Handle with Care

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 2019

PROFESSIONAL: NYS Certified School Social Worker

EXPERIENCE: Preferred

SALARY: As per LFA Agreement

RECRUITING OFFICER: Jacqueline Harris EMAIL: jharris@libertyk12.org

DUE DATE: October 10, 2019

APPLY VIA: OLAS

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Circle of Hope Family Support Group available in Sullivan County

Circle of Hope Family Support Group is a free education and support group for those with a loved one struggling with addiction. The Sullivan County group meets from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. The location for the meetings is:

Catskill Regional Medical Group Urgent / Primary Care
38 Concord Road
Monticello, NY 12701

Public transportation through Move Sullivan is available near this facility. For more information regarding this group, please contact Andrew Oni, Community Health Coordinator, at 845-333-7324 or aoni@ghvhs.org.

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Elementary will get new gym floor in July, 2020

Soccer players practicing on a field
Liberty’s soccer players practice on the restored athletic fields.

Liberty’s athletic and physical education facilities are looking better than ever before, and additional improvements are scheduled to begin in the coming months.

In September, school opened with safe and beautiful baseball and soccer fields for students to play on and the community to enjoy. A comprehensive drainage project – which included new turf, manhole covers that allow for drainage, additional stone in perimeter, regrading, and more – means our fields, located behind the middle and high school campus, will be ready for years’ of play.

Liberty voters approved the use of the district’s capital reserves to repair the fields in late 2018.

Experts are keeping a careful watch of the newly-installed turf, ensuring that it is healthy and robust. It is hoped that games and practices will begin by the second week in October.

Floor replacement won’t disrupt P.E. classes

In May 2019, voters approved the replacement of the Liberty Elementary School gymnasium floor, and district officials had hoped that the work could be complete before the start of the  2019-20 school year. But delays in receiving the mandatory state approvals – the district didn’t get the nod until August – pushed the project back.

Securing bids, awarding the work, and ordering materials is expected to take several months. And although the replacement could have begun this winter, that would have left the school without the  gym – which is used for P.E. classes, community events, and assemblies – for weeks, possibly months.

Rather than interrupt the students’ educational program and activities, the floor’s replacement has been slated to begin July 1, 2020.

Early voting schedule for Fall 2019 released

INFORMATION FOR THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTION

EARLY VOTING POLL SITE:
SULLIVAN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
GROUND FLOOR – GOVERNMENT CENTER
100 NORTH STREET – MONTICELLO, NY 12701

(845) 807-0400

Saturday          October 26                   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday            October 27                    9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday           October 28                   9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday          October 29                   9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday   October 30                    9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday       October 31                    9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday             November 1                  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday        November 2                 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday           November 3                 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 For more information go to http://sullivanny.us/Departments/Elections

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1:1 LPN or RN

POSITION AVAILABLE: 1:1 LPN or RN

HOURS: Up to Full Time (work from bus pick up to bus drop off)

LOCATION: Liberty Middle School, Buckley St., Liberty

Additional Info: ): To be able to manage tracheotomy. Toileting, changing. Moving and transporting. Need to transfer from bus to school. Manage positioning student appropriately. Work with severely disabled student.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 17, 2019

PROFESSIONAL: Nurse

EXPERIENCE: Working with medically complex students

SALARY: Per contract

RECRUITING OFFICER: Timothy Wade EMAIL: twade@libertyk12.org

DUE DATE: October 8, 2019

APPLY VIA: www.libertyk12.org/employment/

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Shared Aide

POSITION AVAILABLE: Shared Aide

HOURS: Full-time hours

LOCATION: Liberty Elementary School, Main St., Liberty

Additional Info: Willing to be trained in Handle with Care; Toileting Responsibilities

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 17, 2019

PROFESSIONAL:

EXPERIENCE: Experience working with students who have management needs. Be able to proactively de-escalate students and use Handle with Care techniques. Be willing to work with students who need assistance in feeding and toileting

SALARY: Per contract

RECRUITING OFFICER: Timothy Wade EMAIL: twade@libertyk12.org

DUE DATE: October 8, 2019

APPLY VIA: www.libertyk12.org/employment/

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Liberty Public Library seeks baby supplies

The Liberty Public Library is collecting baby supplies to meet the needs of local babies.

Dontations of diapers, wipes, sippy cups, bibs, board books in English and Spanish, and baby toys are needed.  Items can be dropped at the Library’s temporary location at 111 Sullivan Ave.,  Ferndale. The library has partnered with Healthy Families of Sullivan, which will deliver the items to families in need.

Baby supplies will be collected  Oct. 19-25.

The supply drive is part of the library’s celeberation of “The Great Give Back,” a community service initiative of public libraries throughout New York. The goal of the initiative is to give library patrons “meaningful, service-oriented experiences.”

For more information visit www.libertypubliclibrary.org  or call the library at 845-292-6070.

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Sports Roundup (Week of September 22)

Monday, September 23

Boys Soccer

SS Seward @ Liberty (HS Football field)
Liberty 5 SS Seward 0

Liberty Goals: Liam Henry 2, Yucevin Canales, Owen Siegel,
Chase Racette
Liberty Assists: Yucevin Canales 3, Owen Siegel
Liberty Saves: Eduardo Romero 2

Liberty 4-2

Volleyball

Liberty @ Sullivan West

No information supplied by coach.

Tuesday, September 24

Girls Soccer

Liberty @ Chester
Liberty 2 Chester 1

Liberty Goals:  Brooke Nichols, Ally Roth
Liberty Assists: Ally Roth, Sydneigh Fleischman
Liberty Saves: Jennifer Reyes 6, Kassidy DeGroat 2
Team record:  Overall 5 -1-1, League 3-1-0
Liberty maintained possession for most of the game with quick accurate passes and through balls.   A “shout out” to defender and captain Kassidy DeGroat for stepping in to the goal keeper position after a Chester attacker collided with keeper Jennifer Reyes.

Wednesday, September 25

Boys Soccer

Chester @ Liberty (HS Football field)
Liberty 6 SS Seward 0

Liberty Goals: Owen Siegel 2, Liam Henry, Yucevin Canales, Michael Cuellar, Chase Racette
Liberty Assists: Siegel 2, Yucevin Canales, Chase Racette, Wilson Gomez
Liberty Saves: Eduardo Romero 2

Team record:  Overall 5-2, League 2-2
The team took an early lead and continued to pressure the Chester keeper throughout the contest forcing 11 saves. Eduardo Romero recorded his 4th
shutout in 7 contests. Great teamwork, great game! Keep up the hard work!

Girls Tennis

Goshen @ Liberty

Goshen 5, Liberty 0

Both teams had injured players, so only 5 matches were played.

Singles: Serena Yeddu (G) d. Leydi Gonzalez 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; second singles not contested; Gabrielle Joseph (G) d. Nicole Blais 6-0, 6-1; fourth singles not contested.

Doubles: Emma Finkelstein-Melanie Vazquez (G) d. Leah Fitzgerald-Madison Green 6-1, 6-3; Dalla Abbad-Rachel Seo (G) d. Paola Ponce-Laura Sandoval 6-0, 6-1; Jolina Dong-Alessia Fiotanza (G) d. Daylene Garzon-Julia Johnston 6-2, 6-0

Team Record: Overall 0-7, League  0-6

Volleyball

Minisink Valley @ Liberty

Minisink Valley   3 Liberty 0  

Minisink 25 25 25
Liberty……7 15 12
Montana Papcharalambous   Service Points   8   Kills 2
Brooke Roth   Assists 2   Digs 2
Shaliyah Patterson   Digs 2
Team record:  Overall 2-5,   League 0  –  4

Thursday, September 26

Girls Soccer

Liberty @ TriValley

Liberty 3 Trivalley 2

Liberty Goals: Sydneigh Fleischman 2, Yamileth Romero

Liberty Assists:
Liberty Saves: Jennifer Reyes 5

Team record:  Overall 6 -1-1, League 3-1-0
After numerous attacks on goal, the first half was scoreless.  Sydneigh Fleischman scored two goals in the second half. Trivalley monopolized on a weak pass and scored. Trivalley scored again to tie the game with one minute left.  Yamileth Romero scored during overtime.  Jennifer Reyes had 5 saves in goal.

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